Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Nov 2009

Lions Sign Jason David

The Lions have added cornerback Jason David to the roster, placing DeMarcus Faggins on injured reserve to open up room.

This means that Detroit could now potentially line up, arguably, the two worst cornerbacks in the league over the past several years across the field from one another: David and William James.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 03 Nov 2009

16 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2009, 5:56pm by zlionsfan


by tunesmith (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 10:36pm

Or maybe they just really want to be on a first name basis with their defensive backfield.

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 1:52am

That is either a truly great joke or a truly awful joke. I'm not sure which.

by govtdrone (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 10:54pm

I am so glad New Orleans finally got rid of him. Go Saints!

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:01pm

Loisn goign to unsotppable force now

by AnonymousA (not verified) :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:47pm

True, that. Though, to be fair, it's been a while since the Lions were sotppable, let alone sottped.

I think the real question is whether their defense would be better if they had someone who's official job was to jump up and down and shout "hey, look over there!" at the opposing quarterback in an attempt to distract him.

Word verification: "comment rehashed". Well F you, too, buddy. I thought it was original.

by Mike Y :: Tue, 11/03/2009 - 11:47pm

It's like a match made in heaven.

by wr (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 10:03am

One of those old nasty phosphorus matches?

by Thok :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 12:05am

So, how long until Hole in the Zone starts complaining about how Detroit doesn't appreciate him and how he needs a raise to match Jason David's new contract?

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 12:21am

Curious- is the Lions defense more like the zone in which David played decently in Indy, or the man coverage he failed at in NO?

by DrewTS (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 11:25am

Yeah, I'm curious about that too. As a Colts fan, I always felt like David was not that good, but not terrible either. I think he's a case of a guy being in the right place at the right time (a free agent on a Super Bowl team) and getting handed a contract that he had no business getting. He's capable of playing nickel on a Cover 2 defense, but if you hand him a big contract and ask him to play man-to-man, that's your own damn fault.

by Joseph :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 12:38pm

As a Saints' fan, I agree Drew. On certain plays, he would defense the pass or jump the route and get a pick, and I would think, "That's why we signed him." Then later (prob. in the same game) I would see him trailing 5 yds. behind the WR as said WR caught a 50+ yd TD pass, with the safety not in the picture, and I would think, "Why haven't we cut him already????"
He will need to be "protected," playing only against smaller WR's, probably in the slot. If he had to play against Smith (CAR) or Moss (WASH) on the outside, they would burn him deep.

by zlionsfan :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 5:56pm

The Lions have been using more man coverage this season, particularly with the significantly greater amount of blitzes they've used. It's probably not a bad idea because I'm still not convinced the existing LBs (including Ernie Sims, who is still more valuable in other people's eyes than he is to me) can play zone. Maybe Peterson and Foote are decent at it, but that still leaves at least one guy who has no idea who he's supposed to cover, and that's just the LBs.

I'm guessing this is just to fill a hole and not because Schwartz and Cunningham see some hidden talent in David that only they can bring out. I know it's not like there are 90-rating CBs waiting for a call right now, but you'd think there would be slightly better talent available?

by Nathan Forster :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 1:01am

Although this may damning with faint praise, and his past performance notwithstanding, the conventional wisdom is that William James has been playing better than any of the other cornerbacks on the Lions' roster.

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by Andrew B :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 1:36am

Was Hole in Zone not available, so they went with the next best thing?

If Jason David was the best available, maybe they just should've left the receiver on thast side to run free and add an extra rusher.

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by 2468ben :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 11:57am

That's the best idea I've heard so far. Buy Adalius Thomas and give him all the playing time he wants, plus he gets to have fun switching positions while the Lions unsuccessfully try every defensive formation in the book.

by mrh :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 11:12am

Jason David, aka Hole in Man Coverage